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Embracing Self-Care for Type 2 Diabetes: Beyond Diet and Exercise

Monday, March 25th 2024 10:00am 2 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Incorporating habitual physical activity, adhering to a nutritious diet, and ensuring ample rest are foundational elements of self-care for individuals living with type 2 diabetes.

The Potential of Mind-Body Interventions

However, the realm of mind-body practices raises a compelling question: Do these techniques hold the potential to aid in the management or possibly the treatment of type 2 diabetes? Insights gleaned from a comprehensive review within the Journal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine point towards a positive outlook.

Exploration of Mindfulness Practices in Research

This review delved into 28 research studies that scrutinized the impact of mind-body interventions on individuals diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, specifically those who were not reliant on insulin for diabetes management and did not have specific comorbidities like cardiac or renal diseases. The practices examined included:

  • Yoga
  • Qigong, a gentle form of martial arts akin to tai chi
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction programs aimed at stress and anxiety mitigation
  • Meditation
  • Guided imagery, which involves the use of positive visualizations to calm the mind

The frequency and duration with which participants engaged in these activities varied, spanning from daily sessions to multiple sessions per week, and lasting from a month up to six months.

The Critical Role of A1C Levels

A1C levels, determined through a blood test, reflect the average blood glucose levels over the preceding two to three months. Normal levels are below 5.7%, prediabetes levels range from 5.7% to below 6.5%, and diabetes is diagnosed at levels of 6.5% and above.

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